Mini Reviews (12) – More Cozies

Dishing the Dirt by M. C. Beaton
⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Fairly typical Agatha Raisin mystery. Rather rambling and random, with a few bright moments (Agatha’s and the villagers’ response to Mrs. Bloxby’s birthday was sweet).

Wedding Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke
⭐ ⭐
Awful! First, Hannah is a complete pushover for her b*tch of a mom. Then, she doesn’t question her fiancé’s finances, even though she’s concerned. Finally, her complete ineptitude with technology is grating, in the extreme. Why is that part of Hannah’s personality? I understand that some people struggle with tech, but she can’t do things that my kids can do (like record and watch a tv show). Oh, and she’s saved by an urban legend. Look that sh*t up.

A Bed of Scorpions by Judith Flanders
⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Same problems as A Murder of Magpies – confused mystery and a lack of cohesion between the title and the story. Same strength as well – Sam Clair is a terrific character! Her snark is delightful!

Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 1/2
As a Regency mystery / romance, with some magic thrown in, I enjoyed this. If it had been another author, I might’ve enjoyed it enough to rate it 4 stars. However, this is Garth Nix, author of the sublime Abhorsen series, so I my expectations were higher (and this didn’t quite live up).

Death Comes to the Village by Catherine Lloyd
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Excellent Regency era cozy. This was a slow burner that took awhile to get going, but the last few chapters were riveting. Major Kurland and Lucy Harrington are wonderful, fully developed characters. I loved that Lucy was a little headstrong, getting herself into some dangerous situations, but she wasn’t completely reckless and stupid like some cozy heroines I could name.

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2 thoughts on “Mini Reviews (12) – More Cozies

  1. Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard says:

    I’ve never been able to get into the Joanna Fluke series. I agree with you about Newt’s Emerald; personally I loved it, but I haven’t read the Abhorsen books yet so I only had his reputation to go on. Clearly, it’s a very different sort of book, and much lighter. As for Catherine Lloyd’s Regency mystery series, that is most definitely on my to-read list (and on my Kindle, too, I think.)

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    • Selah at A Bibliophile's Style says:

      I’ve been reading the Joanne Fluke series for almost a decade, and it’s sad to see it slowly degenerate.
      Newt’s Emerald was fun! I actually prefer it to any of Nix’ non-Abhorsen works.
      Based on the first book, the Catherine Lloyd series could become a favorite!

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